Aug 31, 2011


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The Department of Energy is looking at “Sustainable Consumption” as the keystone to the country’s “Energy Future”.

Energy Sec. Jose Rene Almendras said the lynchpin for sustainable consumption crucial to the country’s energy future is lifestyle change.

“There are those of us who has gotten used to lifestyle and those of you who are still in the process of developing a lifestyle of their own,” Almendras said. “There are technological improvements towards efficiency but there must be lifestyle improvement. Technology can only go so far. We must change the ways we consume energy. Challanges have to be faced. This is really about lifestyle.”

The energy chief was the guest of honor during the awarding rites for the Essay Writing Competition of the Shell Energy Dialogues with Media on The New Energy Future held October 14, 2010 at Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

Almendras said at this point in the world’s energy situation, it is lifestyle changes rather than technology which bring about the most significant changes.

“Oftentimes, a lifestyle change attains a greater efficiency than technology,”Almendras said.

“It is high time for all of us, most especially our young people to realize that we can all do our share towards achieving energy security. We need to do what we can as far as sustainable consumption is concerned. The future is about sustainable consumption,” he added.

Edgar O. Chua, Shell Philippines country chair, echoed Almendras call with his message during the same event. “How can we describe the New Energy Future? For us in Shell, we would like to see a world where there is energy sufficient to power people’s needs, while freeing the planet from the threats of climate change and global warming on the other.”

“To arrive at that ideal low-carbon energy future scenario, we will have to use energy better, do more with less, and make energy conservation a way of life. In this scenario, there is a synergistic balance between economic and environmental needs, policies to address carbon dioxide emissions are in place, there is a good energy mix of conventional and renewable energy sources, and clean energy technologies abound.”

Shell companies in the Philippines, Aboitiz Power and the ERC co-sponsored the competition which attractive entries from 17 schools around the country, the US and Taiwan.

“To reach the youth, we tapped into social media, particularly the internet, and launched the New Energy Future essay writing contest for university and college students through our Shell Energy Microsite, a pioneering project with ABS-CBN Interactive and energy journalists,” Chua said.

The following were adjugded the main category winners with the theme “The Role of the Youth in Tackling the Challenges of the New Energy Future”: Abraham A. Guiyab, MA Political Economy (University of Asia and the Pacific), 1st place and Youth Delegate to the Leadership Training Program in Energy; John Constantine Gordon, 2nd place, Environmental Journalism (Silliman University); Leonina Morillo, 3rd place, MA Economics (U.P.-Diliman); and Francis Emralino, consolation prize, BS Applied Physics (U.P. Los Baños).

“Going through the submitted student essays, I was personally glad to note that most Filipino youth are aware of our present energy challenges, recognize their personal responsibilities for creating a better energy future, and also know what to demand from other critical stakeholders such as business and government to push for solutions,” Chua said.

The following were also adjudged winners in the respective special categories: Sergio Sarza, Jr., AS Chemistry (Pierce College, U.S.A.) for “Strategic Measures toward Ensuring Successful Competitive Electricity Markets” as advocated by institutional partner Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC); and Maria Pacita Jose, MA Communications (University of Sto. Tomas) for “Clean Energy Solutions” as advocated by Aboitiz Power Corporation.

inners pose with Energy Officials and CEOsWinners pose with Energy Officials and CEOs of Corporate Sponsors following the awarding rites held at Makati Shangri-la.

Almandras concluded his talk with a quote from Gandalf the Gray, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien:

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

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